In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

– Proverbs 3:6

Now I don’t know how true this is, but I’ve heard that J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter, was a single mom who couldn’t afford to heat her house in the winter. So she went to a coffee shop or a local pub and she didn’t order anything, and she hand-wrote Harry Potter on yellow legal pad. She didn’t blame life for being a single mom. She didn’t blame the government for not making sure she had what she needed — she didn’t blame anyone. Even though she maybe had every right to do those things, it didn’t bog her down. She had a dream in her heart and she achieved it because she fostered the right kind of thinking. She knew that every obstacle in her way if her destiny was her destiny, was overcomeable. So, she didn’t have a computer and a printer, fine. She’d write it by hand. She didn’t have a heater to stay warm, fine. She’ll write in the coffee shop. When the publisher who received 30-50 manuscripts every single day of neatly packaged, finely produced, well-printed documents, saw J.K. Rowling’s bundled legal pad kind of sticking out, he was curious. And he read it. And today, J.K. Rowling is richer than the queen of England. I’m not advocating for any of these people’s morality, I’m advocating for the fact that they achieved good things because they fostered thoughts of achievement. They didn’t blame their environment. If anything, they used it to their advantage.


God, help me push past the things that are holding me back. Give me the freedom to think thoughts of achievement. Use me to do important things for your Kingdom.


Can you use your circumstances to your advantage?

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